No death due to Covid at Singhu, say farm leaders : The Tribune India

No death due to Covid at Singhu, say farm leaders : The Tribune India

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Mukesh Tandon

Tribune News Service

Sonepat, May 20

Farm leaders of 32 groups of the protesting unions of Punjab on Thursday said that no farmer had died due to Covid at the Singhu border.

They alleged that the government was making a conspiracy to defame their protest by spreading lies about the death of a farmer due to coronavirus.

Farmer leaders Harender Singh Lakhowal and Kulwinder Singh Sandhu, after a meeting of 32 protesting farmer unions held in Kisan Andolan office in Kundli on Thursday, said no farmer had died due to Covid at the Singhu border.

Farmer Balbir Singh of Shankarpur village of Patiala district died due to diabetes as his sugar dipped all of a sudden, while another farmer died due to cardiac arrest.

They also said that if the farmer had died due to Covid, why had the Health Department conducted his post-mortem? As per the WHO guidelines, postmortem could not be conducted of a Covid positive patient.

Sandhu said the farmer unions were concerned about the spread of Covid and to curb this, they had been giving immunity boosters to the protesting farmers regularly.

Sources said the farmers had made a strategy to burn an effigy of the Central Government in all villages and cities across the country on May 26 on the completion of six months of farmers’ protest at Delhi borders against the three farm laws and on the completion of seven years of the Central government on the same day.

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